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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 185757
Last updated: 15 October 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic beau model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol Beaufighter Mk VIF
Owner/operator:255 Squadron Royal Air Force (255 Sqn RAF)
Registration: X7931
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:RAF High Ercall, Shropshire, England. -   United Kingdom
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:RAF High Ercall, Shropshire
Destination airport:
An incident on 19 May exposed a design flaw in the Beaufighter Mk.VI's undercarriage. X7931 "bumped" on take-off, just at the point when the hydraulic rams were down but the selector lever was in the 'up' position. This caused a lock-up of the whole mechanism, preventing the undercarriage from being either raised or lowered. Neither aircrew suffered injury in the inevitable crash-landing, which was effected on grass beside the main runway.

RAF 255 Sqn ORB

Revision history:

23-Mar-2016 18:17 Nepa Added
20-Jul-2020 09:54 MiG15 Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Operator]
15-May-2021 21:27 Anon. Updated [Location, Operator]

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